MSG Rangers play-by-play man Sam Rosen known as the Blueshirts’ total first-round collection win over the Penguins. MSG received’t have stay video games on this spherical however can have full pre-and postgame protection. Rosen takes a shot at some NHL playoffs Q&A with Submit columnist Steve Serby.
Q: What’s the key to the Rangers-Hurricanes collection?
A: Get the lead. You wish to make Carolina chases the sport just a little bit. Once they get a lead, they’re very powerful. They’ve expertise, they’re very aggressive on the forecheck, they skate very nicely, have sufficient bodily play to be powerful on you. However I feel should you get the lead on them, they turn out to be a distinct crew, they can make errors, and the Rangers have the gamers that may reap the benefits of that.
Q: What makes Igor Shesterkin particular?
A: Doesn’t lose his focus. No actual highs or lows, stays even-keeled and makes the large saves. And he carried the crew for an extended a part of the season because it kinda grew collectively.
Q: Describe Artemi Panarin.
A: A participant you’re keen on to look at since you by no means know what he’s going to do. His passes are good, generally he thinks an excessive amount of passing as an alternative of taking pictures. No ego concerned, actually pleasant, at all times has a smile on his face. We had been in Nashville, I’m strolling down the road, I look over at a bench on the road and there’s a man in a baseball cap studying a e-book on the bench. I look over, it’s Panarin.
Q: Chris Kreider.
A: Kreider has turn out to be the participant that we at all times thought he might be. He has this nice athletic potential. Tremendously quick skater. Highly effective. Not afraid to enter the corners, not afraid to go in entrance of the online, and at last, he’s scoring massive this yr.
Q: Mika Zibanejad.
A: He’s a No. 1 heart. He does all of it. What he’s carried out over the past couple of years is he’s turn out to be the entire participant.
Q: Adam Fox.
A: Adam Fox is a rising star. This man is a really clever hockey participant, has nice imaginative and prescient within the ice, and you may see it with the passes he makes and the scoring probabilities he creates.
Q: Alexis Lafreniere.
A: The hope is he’ll turn out to be a star. He has all of the instruments, and I feel the important thing to me is he needs to be nice. He’s removed from what he’s going to be. In just a few years he has the potential to be a star within the league.
Q: Jacob Trouba.
A: A bodily power. I don’t suppose that incident final yr with Tom Wilson occurs if Trouba had been on the ice. He was injured on the time, however he sticks up for everyone, he hits as laborious as anybody within the league. He’s been a giant issue within the fast progress of Ok’Andre Miller.
Q: Coach Gerard Gallant.
A: He has the respect of the gamers. Retains all people on a good keel, however calls for that everyone give it their finest each evening. He downplays his function, however he’s a really, excellent coach.
Q: How would you describe a New York Rangers fan for a customer from Mars?
A: New York Rangers followers are essentially the most passionate followers you could possibly ever meet. When you meet a Ranger fan, they may have a jersey on, they may have one thing that signifies their love of the crew and they’re going to have a favourite participant that they love. … It’s the eagerness, it’s the depth, and the love that they don’t seem to be afraid to precise and present.
Q: How would you describe the Backyard when it’s electrical?
A: It provides you a sense of … there’s goose bumps, there’s pleasure, exhilaration. … You wish to rise up. When you’re sitting down, it’s important to rise up. The sounds of the constructing reverberate all through. You’re feeling it. You’re feeling the sound. You’re feeling the cheers. You’re feeling it. I felt it on the Knicks’ championship win in 1970. I felt it on a New Yr’s Eve live performance that Billy Joel placed on on the Backyard, and I bear in mind saying, “That is the way it’s going to be when the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.” And it was precisely like that.
Q: You had been working as a statistician on the Knicks radio community when the Knicks received the 1970 NBA championship. How did the decibel stage within the Backyard evaluate to the evening the ’94 Rangers received the Cup?
A: I’d say comparable, equal. When the Knicks received, it was their first ever, and when the Rangers received it was the primary time in 54 years, and I feel the feelings had been precisely the identical.
Q: What was your boyhood dream rising up in Brooklyn?
A: To play for the New York Yankees.
Q: You had been a catcher. Who had been your favourite Yankees?
A: Mickey Mantle was No. 1 … clear No. 1. Yogi Berra was one other one which I cherished. As time advanced, I cherished Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter turned the following nice Yankee to me.
Q: Why was Mel Allen your favourite broadcaster?
A: Wherever he was, whether or not it was on the radio facet or on the TV facet, he simply introduced an power, an enthusiasm and pleasure to his play-by-play.
Q: Marty Glickman.
A: He was an idol in that he was a Jewish announcer. It meant one thing to me. I grew up listening to him on the radio doing the Giants. … To me, calling Giants soccer, there was no one higher on the planet. To me, Marv Albert turned one of the best basketball announcer ever, however Marv realized from Marty. Marty was the man who set the usual.
Q: What was it like going to Rangers video games with your pals?
A: We had the G.O. card for 50 cents to get into the Backyard, on Sunday you’d get there at 4:30 and run up the steps to try to get to the tip balcony seats so you may see the complete ice, or the primary two rows of the facet balcony the place you could possibly see the complete ice.
Q: You really liked Andy Bathgate.
A: He was a giant, statuesque participant. Nice shot and will rating.
Q: Vic Hadfield.
A: He was the robust, power of that [GAG] Line and of that crew.
Q: Jean Ratelle.
A: Elegant participant, good passer … who might additionally rating.
Q: Brian Leetch.
A: I bear in mind interviewing him at Boston Backyard when he was a freshman at Boston Faculty and saying, “I can’t wait until he turns into a Ranger.” And he did after the ’88 Olympics. … Nice skater. Bobby Orr was to me the man who modified the sport with the way in which he performed. Brian Leetch was in that class.
Q: Mike Richter.
A: Nice competitor … laborious employee … fanatic about bodily conditioning … and at all times a big-game participant.
Q: Eddie Giacomin.
A: The very best on the time … might do all the things … might deal with the puck higher than all people.
Q: Henrik Lundqvist.
A: Class … smarts … pupil of the place, and a frontrunner. I revered that he was at all times out there to the media.
Q: Describe the primary time you noticed Wayne Gretzky play.
A: Was capable of finding the open man on the ice it doesn’t matter what … nice imaginative and prescient of the sport … complete management of the sport.
Q: Gretzky as a Ranger.
A: It was seeing, in my thoughts, one of the best participant to ever play the sport in a Rangers uniform. After which having him with one of the best all-around Ranger to ever play in a Rangers uniform, Mark Messier, to have them each collectively — that one yr that they performed collectively was particular. Very particular.
Q: Messier’s Assure, earlier than Sport 6 of the 1994 convention finals in opposition to the Devils.
A: I used to be there when he expressed the Assure. There was this enormous throng of media there, they usually requested him principally what he thought of going into Sport 6, and he gave the reply that any athlete would give: “We’re gonna win.” Sadly for me, we had been in New Jersey for Sport 6. MSG couldn’t do the sport, it was a Jersey telecast, and at the moment, we didn’t go into their constructing, they usually couldn’t do the video games at our constructing.
Q: Sport 7 of the ’94 Finals apart, was Sport 7 of the Devils collection essentially the most anxiety-ridden recreation for you?
A: With out query. … When [Valery] Zelepukin scored with 7.7 seconds to go, sends the sport to time beyond regulation, we go to the studio, John [Davidson is] strolling within the sales space and I’m sitting down with my head in my palms and he says, “What’s the matter?” And I mentioned, “What else can occur to this crew?” Fortunately there was Stephane Matteau.
Q: Howie Rose.
A: One of many nice iconic calls ever. The Matteau name, [“Matteau, Matteau, Matteau”] all people will do not forget that ceaselessly.
Q: Messier as a participant.
A: The consummate hockey participant. Robust, nice chief, with all the talents of the extremely expert participant … might skate, shoot, move, he had all of it.
Q: Adam Graves.
A: Coronary heart and soul participant. Beloved by all people — teammates, followers, media — however off the ice, a teddy bear. As fantastic an individual as you’ve ever met. On the ice, as powerful a competitor as there was.
Q: Phil Esposito.
A: Sluggish, lumbering participant with nice palms and the power to attain across the web. To at the present time I nonetheless see the register Boston Backyard — Jesus Saves, and Espo scores on the rebound.
Q: And as a broadcast associate?
A: Enjoyable to be with. Didn’t know the gamers, however knew the sport inside-out.
Q: John Davidson.
A: One in all my finest associates on the planet, and nice at all the things he labored at. He was a terrific participant whose profession was lower brief by damage. He realized easy methods to turn out to be a broadcaster and have become a Corridor of Fame broadcaster. And as a common supervisor, he did an excellent job getting issues getting into St. Louis, he did a very good job getting issues getting into Columbus, and I feel he was heading in the right direction in New York, and now he’s again in Columbus.
Q: Brad Park.
A: An awesome participant on that nice Rangers crew of the early ’70s, and was an amazing participant in Boston. At all times performed within the shadow of Bobby Orr.
Q: Mike Keenan.
A: Discovered a approach to win … powerful man, might be very powerful to take care of. Favored to regulate issues.
Q: Emile Francis.
A: One of many nicest individuals I’ve ever identified. Enjoyable to be round. At any minute, he might offer you a narrative from any period about any participant. Only a consummate hockey man.
Q: Joe Micheletti.
A: Consummate skilled. At all times prepared, is aware of the gamers, is aware of the coaches, is aware of the overall managers, nice perception … good at each stage of his hockey profession.
Q: Kenny Albert.
A: Can do all of it. No matter sport there’s, he can do it. Nice data of the sport, and completely essentially the most ready announcer you’ll ever discover.
Q: The “Potvin Sucks” chants.
A: Don’t prefer it. Denny [Denis Potvin], I take into account a pal of mine, I like him very a lot. Hated him as a rival participant, don’t like the mantra, sorry.
Q: What was it like broadcasting Rangers video games throughout the Islanders dynasty years?
A: At all times hoping that the Rangers might discover a approach to beat them. Sport 5, [1984 Patrick Division semifinals] Kenny Morrow scoring in time beyond regulation that was as powerful a loss.
Q: Three dinner friends?
A: John F. Kennedy, Bruce Springsteen, Charlize Theron.
Q: Favourite film?
A: “A Few Good Males.”
Q: Favourite actor?
A: Tom Hanks.
Q: Favourite actress?
A: Charlize Theron.
Q: Favourite meal?
A: Most pasta dishes.
Q: Describe your broadcasting type.
A: Just like what I mentioned about Mel Allen, and that’s power and enthusiasm and love of the game. I would like them to know there’s a subsequent nice play developing. I wish to be prepared for it and convey how nice a play I assumed that was.
Q: How lengthy do you wish to do that?
A: So long as I’m wholesome, and I really like doing it. And so long as I’m on prime of my recreation. I inform my sons and my grandsons should you hear my recreation dropping off it’s worthwhile to inform me. As a result of I don’t wish to be hanging on only for the sake of hanging on and to have one thing to do. … There’s nothing higher!
Q: You’re a Corridor of Famer.
A: I respect that.
Q: How proud are you of your, “It will final a lifetime name” the evening the Rangers received the Cup?
A: Very proud as a result of it got here out naturally. It wasn’t something deliberate, it wasn’t something scripted. It should at all times stick with you. It was the one which broke the lengthy drought, and it was a particular crew, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime second.
Q: What’s your message to Rangers followers because the second spherical nears?
A: Workforce has an opportunity. And if it doesn’t occur, it’s going to occur actual quickly. This crew is on the transfer and on the rise.